JPSO: Couple found transporting 14 kilos of cocaine on I-10

Published: Jul. 27, 2016 at 7:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2016 at 8:23 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two people were jailed Tuesday after drug agents stopped a car with 14 kilograms of cocaine inside, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Jovan Barron, 26, and Minerva Mendez, 28, were jailed at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a detective developed information earlier in July that a large amount of cocaine was coming to New Orleans from Houston on July 26.

The JPSO detective, along with agents from the FBI and DEA, conducted surveillance on Interstate 10. When the suspect vehicle reached the intersection of Williams Boulevard and I-10, agents conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Kia Sorrento.

Barron and Mendez were removed from the SUV and Barron, the driver, gave agents permission to search it, according to the Sheriff's Office. Agents found the cocaine, worth $448,000, and placed both suspects under arrest.

There was no word on bond.

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